From the miscellaneous drawer

by Anne Swenson

Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you toss and turn, going over the things which need to be done the following day?
If so, you’re not alone. One trick I’ve used is to tell my body parts to shut down, telling my toes to sleep, my ankles, legs and so forth, one at a time up to my head.
When I got bored with that, I chose a different path.
Much as I resented grade school teachers forcing students to memorize poetry -“The Raven” unfortunately remains etched in my brain. That requirement to memorize seemed a sure fire way of getting children to hate poetry.
However, Dylan Thomas’ “Do not go gentle into that good night” has meaning at my age. I do believe I am still raging “at the dying of the light.”
And though I have not committed every verse of the 16-part, long poem by T.S. Eliot entitled “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” I can amuse myself with the words: “I grow old, I grow old, I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled...” and “Do I dare disturb the universe?”
There is some great imagery in both of these to make me drift off and forget concerns of the day.
* * *
In the Ely Echo for June 14, 1999, 20 years ago, the headlines were:
• St.Paul business plans move to Ely;
• Land sale again up for debate;
• School budget going in the red;
• Letitia Dusich wins it all;
• From Chicago to Ely on skates;
• Elementary numbers drop; net loss of one in faculty projected;
• School budget focus of tonight’s meeting.
NOTE FROM NICK: Anne will be receiving medical treatment in Duluth and won’t be in the office for a few days. This may cause the phone to ring more than once when you call the Echo....